Thank you for making the 2017 NMSDC Conference a huge success!

The NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Fair the nation’s premier forum on minority supplier development. For four days, more than 6,000 corporate CEOs, procurement executives and supplier diversity professionals from the top multinational companies, as well as leading Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners and international organizations convened in Detroit, MI.


2017 Conference Specials

Keynote Luncheon Wednesday

Ann Ramakumaran

Matthew J. Simoncini
President, CEO and Director
Lear Corporation

Awards Banquet

Awards Banquet 2017

Awards presentations for:

Suppliers of the Year

Corporation of the Year

Regional Council of the Year


Farewell Reception 2017

Immediately following the Awards Banquet, we bid farewell to Detroit and set our sights on the 2018 conference in Austin, Texas!

2017 National MBDA/MED Week Programming

Going Global: New Markets

Sharon T. Freeman
All American Small Business Exporters Association

Roughly three quarters of world purchasing power and over 95% of world consumers are outside America’s borders and American products, services, and solutions are in high demand around the world. In this session you will learn what you need to do to become “export-ready,” and about the myriad of federal government programs and resources ready to work with you. Accomplished MBEs will share their perspective on how to compete effectively in the global marketplace and challenge you to go global!

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Winning Federal Contracts

Jacob Brody
Managing Director
Accenture Federal Services

This session will explain how to market your goods and services to federal agencies and walk you through the process of getting on the GSA Schedule for the Federal Government acquisitions.

You will also hear directly from an accomplished federal contractor and learn the best practices of capture management. If you are not doing business with the government and your company is able to deliver a quality product or service on time and at a competitive price – this workshop is for you!

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Wednesday Plenary Session – Hurricane Disaster Recovery

The catastrophic devastation resulting from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria has caused more than $500 billion in damage in the states of Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and throughout the Caribbean. For minority-owned firms seeking to gain insight into how they can help with disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts, this is a must attend session.

You will hear from government executives and key stakeholders who will share information on the state of the economy within their respective regions. You will learn about the programs and resources that are available to help minority-owned firms gain access to the more than $500+ billion in procurement opportunities.

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2017 Conference Features

How to Effectively Pitch Corporate Clients

How to Effectively Pitch Corporate Clients (W4)

There are do’s and don’ts of pitching to corporations that can help you improve your closing rate.

This intensive session is an interactive sales session designed to show you how to upgrade your corporate pitching skills and show you how to deliver with impact.

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MBE ForumMBE Opportunity Accelerator: Connect to Opportunities

MBE Opportunity Accelerator

This FREE, high-impact annual event is the perfect way to start an exciting and productive week in Detroit. Held every year the day before the official opening of the conference, the “Opportunity Accelerator” brings together MBEs, corporations, NMSDC leadership and subject matter experts for what is always a highly anticipated half-day focused on the information, trends, tips, and opportunities that will move your company forward … faster.

Seats are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Exploring Joint Ventures

Exploring Joint Ventures

As one of the fastest vehicles for growth, joint ventures are a lucrative opportunity for minority business enterprises and majority-owned corporations to achieve their business goals.

This two-part session will first, explore the guidelines recently developed by a national cross-functional task force of key thought leaders assembled by the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council.

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Tuesday Plenary Session (Journey to Fueling Company Growth)

Arnold Sowa

Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer

Janice Bryant Howroyd

Chief Executive Officer
The ACT 1 Group

Carmen Castillo
President and CEO
SDI International Corp.

Andra M. Rush
Chief Executive Officer
Detroit Manufacturing Systems, LLC.

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Gen Now: Understanding the Multi-gen Workforce

Jason S. Morga
Vice President, Americas Marketing & Creative Services
Kelly Services ®

This session will explore workforce trends associated with the aging and declining workforce, educate colleagues on the role and importance of today’s multi-gen workforce. There will also be added emphasis on Gen Y and the impact that generational diversity has on recruiting and retaining talent within workplaces/organizations/supply chains.

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Facebook Like

Global Strategy Summit

Nicole Franklin
Account Manager, SMB

Brandon Smith
Account Manager, SMB

This session will provide businesses with the most up-to-date tools, insights, and best practices for achieving success on Facebook and Instagram. Learn directly from Facebook experts and local businesses to walk away with the resources you need to grow your business!

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About the Conference

The NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange is the nation’s premier forum on minority supplier development. For four days, more than 6,000 corporate CEOs, procurement executives and supplier diversity professionals from the top multinational companies, as well as leading Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners and international organizations will convene in Chicago, Illinois, to re-energize their collective efforts to Certify > Develop > Connect > and Advocate for solid minority firms in the global corporate supply chain.

This one-of-a-kind event features:

  • Thousands of corporate executives, procurement professionals and Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business owners
  • More than 20 targeted sessions and workshops
  • A one-day Business Opportunity Exchange with more than 700 exhibit booths
  • A black-tie Awards Banquet
  • Endless opportunities to network, network, network!

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Cobo Center is headquarters for the 2017 NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange. The Business Opportunity Exchange, meal functions and all program sessions will be held at the Cobo Center unless otherwise noted.

Please refer to the Conference schedule for more details.

To learn more about America’s Great Comeback City and take advantage
of all it has to offer, view Visit Detroit’s Eat, Shop, Stay + Play map and guide!


Museums & Historical Sites include:

  • Arab American National Museum
  • Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
  • The Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Detroit Historical Museum
  • Motown Museum (aka Hitsville U.S.A.)
    As so much more!

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On-site Registration Available!

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